Art and Beyond in BASEL

Kristina Foster discovers what makes Basel such a magnet for art lovers and cultural connoisseurs.  Basel is Switzerland's brainy city of culture and design. Densely packed with art and history, there are almost 40 museums scattered across the timeworn town; the highest number of museums per capita in the world. In addition to quantity, Basel picks up its arty reputation by glamorously … [Read more...]

Thomas House Serves Up DUBLIN’S Alternative St. Patrick’s Day

Filmmaker Elise Salomon Discovers Gritty Rockers’ Bar in City Centre pub that’s all heart and authentic soul. An LA-based independent filmmaker, my current feature had me traveling in Europe recently for three weeks filming our final leg in Ireland. Los Wild Ones is a feature documentary on Wild Records, a record label comprised of young Hispanic musicians who play 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. The … [Read more...]

ISTANBUL: Buy A Turkish Rug Like A Local

Editor's note: It's Thanksgiving, when one gives thanks naturally and thinks of, among other things... turkey. Please indulge us a little here as we take you to the other Turkey (actually it's Türkiye) for an insider's look into how to buy a Turkish rug without losing your shirt. For many people, the country of Turkey calls up myriad images that conjure the senses: Whirling Dervishes,  … [Read more...]

EAST GERMANY: Dreaming of Dresden

More than twenty years after Germany’s reunification, Michael Webb finds the crown jewel of the former East Germany gleams brighter than ever, luring travelers with deals, culture and a living history. It’s been over two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, but the former East Germany still finds itself lagging behind the west economically. A challenge for residents … [Read more...]

CROATIA: Delights of The Dalmation Coast

Michael Webb explores the unspoiled delights of Croatia's Dalmation Coast in the off-peak season. Croatia has a marketing slogan, “The Mediterranean as it once was," evoking an idyllic era when the coastline was pristine and you weren’t jostled by crowds at every turn. It’s hard to sustain that illusion in summer, as the onslaught of cruise ships and coach tours overwhelms the narrow cobbled … [Read more...]

Berlin Gets Its Festival On

Parties, parades, exhibits and more crowd the German capital's calendar this year with more fun than you can shake a schnitzel at. As anyone who has been there knows, Berlin loves a party…or film festival…or museum exhibition. And the great thing is that it seems every year, the list of festivals, parades, celebrations, and annual cultural highlights just seems to get bigger. Now boasting over … [Read more...]

Awaken Your Inner Explorer With A River Cruise

Viking River Cruises take travelers through the heart of Europe and other timeless destinations. Size does matter, at least in the world of cruise ships, but it doesn’t take Titanic alum to know bigger isn’t always better. Giant ocean liners can take people to touristic islands, but a smaller vessel can tackle the world’s great rivers like the Nile in Egypt, the Volga in Russia, the Rhone in … [Read more...]

Paris: Last Minute Holiday Shopping Trip

Francophile Jennifer Evans Gardner hits the City of Lights for a festive gift-buying spree. It’s that time of year again. The malls are packed with shoppers converging upon the usual suspects like The Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, and Victoria’s Secret in search of holiday gifts. The thing is, I’ve never been a mall girl, preferring to do my gift buying in charming sidewalk boutiques. Imagine … [Read more...]

The Time Is Ripe For Exploring Czech Wines

Wines from the Czech Republic are finally having their day in the sun as aficionados discover the region’s excellent offerings. The tradition of winemaking goes back centuries in the Czech Republic. But it’s only recently that wines produced here have received international recognition. Several factors are now working in the region’s favors to make this a reality. First there is the mild … [Read more...]

Chueca: Madrid’s Cinderella Story

A wandermelon insider details the transformation of Chueca, one of Madrid’s trendiest neighborhoods. There’s something highly appealing about watching a neighborhood’s dramatic transformation. Youth sub-culture especially seems to idealize the abject and strive to refashion it into something “hip." Similar to NYC’s Meatpacking makeover, Madrid’s Chueca neighborhood is a prime example of a … [Read more...]